FARMS Leadership – Central Valley – March 31, 2021
The Kings River Conservancy was able to host us virtually this year to learn about the river. In addition to learning how to care for our fresh water system, students were able to hear from multiple other individuals that all contributed to our natural water resources. Park Ranger, Chelsea Jones, provided some great information and photos about position and role with the river. Watermaster, Mathew Meadows, shared a great presentation about where our water comes from and when we get our water distributions.
FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin x Sacramento Valley | Friday, May 14, 2021
Location(s) of Field Day: Lange Twins Vineyard — Acampo, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s): Aaron Lange — VP, Vineyard Operations Alex Farber — Winemaker Shakib Ali — Manager, Bottling Line Patty Vega — Director, Human Resources Kendra Lange — Director, Marketing
The Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin FARMS Leadership Program concludes with a final double-header event featuring Lange Twins Vineyard of Acampo, CA. Arron Lange, fifth-generation San Joaquin farmer and VP of Vineyard Operations, hosts our Virtual Field Day. Featuring pre-recorded interviews with Lange Twins Vineyard staff members, FARMS students receive insight into many of the behind-the-scenes operations at Lange Twins Vineyard. Careers in marketing to winemaking, manufacturing to human resources are explored in this expansive look into the collection of talent and expertise that is required to maintain and grow a successful, multi-generational, Ag-business. As this year’s program is unprecedented, reflective of a year full of challenges, I felt it best to cap this event with a good surprise and rewards for FARMS Leadership students’ commitment and perseverance; Kits for this Field Day include an Aloe plant, personal ‘thank you’, organic seed packet, Certificate of Completion for the 2020/2021 FARMS Leadership Program, and a Leadership session dedicated to a student-led reflection of the year.
FARMS Leadership | Sacramento Valley | Thursday, April 29, 2021
Location(s) of Field Day: Durst Organic Growers — Hungry Hollow, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s): Jim Durst — CEO, Farm Director
Summary of the Day: This Sacramento Valley FARMS Field Day and Leadership Lesson features a presentation from fourth-generation Yolo County farmer Jim Durst. Though the Durst family’s legacy is the production of large-scale commodity crops, since 1988, Jim is the first in his family to focus the farm on cultivating organic produce. Operating out of Hungry Hollow, just north of California’s Capital, Durst Organic Growers champions the importance of sustainability and eco-conscious practices in every aspect of their operations. The Leadership Lesson included FARMS students’ presentations regarding their 16personalities and CareerOneStop survey’s results. The Hands-On Learning Kit for this Field Day included Durst Organic Growers’ asparagus and a few additional supplies for a home-cooking and picture contest.